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Boxy, dry, mid strong, kick using 1 mic, inside the shell
Old 22nd July 2011
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Boxy, dry, mid strong, kick using 1 mic, inside the shell

Hey fullas!
I'm doing a project where we'll be regularly performing in a club as well as recording the results as a live thing.

It's based around golden era hip hop inspired beats (90's - tribe called quest, dre, nas, digable planets etc...).

We want to get a punchy kick sound.
We will be very tight on space so a mic out front isn't an option, it will have to be inside the kick. I'm thinking I'll take the whole front skin off the kick to keep it very dry.

Which mics do you think might fit well with this goal in mind?
The 90's hip hop kicks were mostly sampled from soul/funk records of the 70's so I guess that's what I'm going for in essence.

Perhaps RE20 or SM7? Do they work well inside the kick with front skin off?
Those two are quite expensive in my country though...

What mics would you suggest? Perhaps some less expensive more modern mics that have the right boxiness/mid punch tone?
Any other ideas on how I might achieve this? Lining the kick with acoustic foam?
DBX compressor?

Thanks alot in advance!
Old 22nd July 2011
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Remo powerstroke 3 coated head. Tuned up well beyond the finger tight thing...

Those heads are punchy and not very clicky..


Cheers
Dave
Old 22nd July 2011
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An SM7 is just a fancy-grade 57. If your kick drum sounds great and you have it "acoustically treated" in the '70's manner (the base of an Atlas mic stand wrapped in your ex-girlfriend's sweater), a 57 should do fine.
Old 22nd July 2011
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An SM7 is just a fancy-grade 57. If your kick drum sounds great and you have it "acoustically treated" in the '70's manner (the base of an Atlas mic stand wrapped in your ex-girlfriend's sweater), a 57 should do fine.
Cheers Brent. I haven't heard of the sweater wrapped mic stand technique. Can you please explain it more?
Old 22nd July 2011
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Doesn't have to be those specific things. Just something heavy wrapped in something soft, placed inside the kick drum and touching the beater head to damp it a bit. Like a larger version of wallet-on-snare. It also gives back some of the rebound you lose by taking off the front head.
Old 22nd July 2011
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Doesn't have to be those specific things.
Oh, I disagree: it absolutely has to be your ex-girlfriend's sweater!

That's where all the mojo comes from.
Old 22nd July 2011
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Oh, I disagree: it absolutely has to be your ex-girlfriend's sweater!

That's where all the mojo comes from.
And the mojo comes from a year and a half of festering in the trunk of my car.
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